Demo Flow Trail Update: Winding down for the season

We’re proud of the progress made since breaking ground less than three months ago. We’re on the brink of finalizing FOX-adopted segment 3 and Epicenter Cycling-adopted segment 5, and looking forward to opening both segments to the public in the near future. With California experiencing the driest year in recorded state history, soil moisture is quickly becoming inadequate for digging, leading us to end construction for this season sooner than expected. Trail design and implementation will be tested throughout the summer and winter, as we see how the completed segments hold up to high summer use and winter weather in 2014/2015. Lessons learned will be utilized in determining the final design of the remaining four segments. Trail construction and volunteer work events will resume post-evaluation, and once soil moisture is once again appropriate for digging. Email demo@mbosc.org to be sure you receive important notices about future dig events. (And check out these great tips on conserving water!)

Recap: Mick’s Automotive Saturday April 19 Dig Day
Last Saturday’s Mick’s Automotive-sponsored dig day drew over 25 willing and able volunteers. Crews tackled various projects on segment 3, adopted by FOX, including roller shaping, berm compaction and construction, finish work, and renaturalization. Some final renaturalization was also performed on the Epicenter Cycling-adopted segment 5 which is nearing completion. The focus for the day was to capitalize on the quickly evaporating soil moisture left over from the last rains. The warm weather has been drying out the soil quickly. Volunteers left some of their incomplete projects tarped to retain the remaining bit of moisture. A majority of volunteers rode their bikes in to the project site and were able to provide real time trail design feedback on the day’s work through systematic laps on the trail, a privilege afforded only to those who have put in trail work until the segments are officially opened. Breakfast, lunch and post workday refreshments were provided by Mick’s Automotive. This full service Santa Cruz auto repair shop specializing in the maintenance and repair of select Japanese vehicles is committed to providing hospitality for future volunteer work event, as well. Huzzah to Mick’s for the hospitality!

Santa Cruz Bicycles sponsors final dig day for the season on Saturday May 3
Saturday May 3 marks the final volunteer work event for the season. Sign up here to secure your spot on the May 3 crew and help put on the final touches to our first two segments. A big thank you in advance to local industry giant Santa Cruz Bicycles for once again feeding our hungry diggers.

Organizational flow
As we transition from this first integral part of our project, Patty Ciesla is no longer the Project Manager or a representative of MBoSC. We thank Patty for her work in establishing the framework for this project. Construction Manager Drew Perkins will take the reins as Interim Project Manager, with Michele Lamelin leading public relations and communications, and Matt De Young continuing to assist Drew out on the trail and Michele with copywriting support.

Over our summer break, we’ll be working hard to raise the additional funds needed to complete the trail. Plus, look for a revitalized web presence that includes additional information on Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF). Learn about the SDSF watershed, forest ecology and history, and current land use under Demo Flow Trail partner California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) management. We’ll take you behind the scenes to learn more about our project: introducing you to the people involved, and offering construction details, terminology and other interesting tidbits. If you’d like to be involved with Demo Flow Trail communications and/or fundraising, please email demo@mbosc.org.

Clockwise from top left: Mick’s Automotive hooked up the Saturday April 19 volunteer trail work crew with fuel for the day; Construction Manager Drew Perkins briefed volunteers at the trailhead; smiles and positivity ruled the day; Santa Cruz Bicycles hosts our next work event Saturday May 3; pro downhill champ and coach/guide Lorraine Blancher put the nearly completed segments #3 (FOX) & #5 (Epicenter Cycling) to the test; a volunteer putting his back into it.

Clockwise from top left: Mick’s Automotive hooked up the Saturday April 19 volunteer trail work crew with fuel for the day; Construction Manager Drew Perkins briefed volunteers at the trailhead; smiles and positivity ruled the day; Santa Cruz Bicycles hosts our next work event Saturday May 3; pro downhill champ and coach/guide Lorraine Blancher put the nearly completed segments #3 (FOX) & #5 (Epicenter Cycling) to the test; a volunteer putting his back into it.

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